Marnie Bennett Clinic Director, Physiotherapist
Marnie completed her Honours BSc degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She went on to complete her Physiotherapy Degree from McMaster University, graduating in 2001 with distinction.
Marnie has over 12 years of experience treating various orthopaedic conditions and over seven years operating her own practise. Patient focused, client-centred care is extremely important to Marnie and is at the forefront of her practise philosophy.
Marnie has taken advanced training in acupuncture, manual therapy, mulligan concepts, hand therapy and Canine Rehabilitation.
She is extremely excited about her new role at Westmount Physiotherapy and becoming a part of the the wonderful team here, not to mention to strengthen the clinic's relationship with the community.
When she is not practising, Marnie enjoys being involved with the McMaster Physiotherapy program through Clinic Lab tutoring, sitting on the Clinical Advisory Group, and guest lecturing at the University. She loves spending time with her family, being active, and horseback riding.
Gerard Dannenberg Physiotherapist
Gerard first received an Honours Degree in Physiology at the University of Ottawa before completing his Physiotherapy Degree at McMaster University over twenty years ago. Shortly thereafter, Gerard attained certification as an Acupuncturist with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in Toronto. He has successfully complimented both disciplines in the physiotherapeutic care of all patients; orthopaedic, neurologic, paediatric and palliative conditions. Gerard takes great pride in educating all patients and ensures they have an integral role in deciding the best therapy for their needs and its success. Over the twenty years, Gerard continues with post graduate education to best serve the patients he treats as well as maintain the integrity of the profession of physiotherapy for public awareness.
Megan Thistle Physiotherapist
Megan is a Registered Physiotherapist at Westmount Physiotherapy and Massage. She graduated from McMaster University in 2010 with a degree in Kinesiology. Megan returned to McMaster to complete her Masters degree in Physiotherapy, graduating in 2012.
Since graduating, Megan has successfully completed physiotherapy courses in Manual therapy, McKenzie method and K-Taping. Since working at Westmount Physiotherapy and Massage Megan has completed further training in Acupuncture, Women’s health/pelvic floor, and Concussion Management and Rehabilitation. She is a certified Core Confidence Specialist through Bellies Inc., and has taken a Non-Internal Pelvic Floor Course. Megan enjoys helping women with low back/pelvic pain and core dysfunction during and post-pregnancy. She is also a trained provider of the Shift Concussion Management Program, and has completed additional concussion management training on visual, vestibular and cervical spine disorders following a concussion. Her treatment approach combines patient education, manual therapy techniques and individual exercise programs to assist her patients in returning to their pre-injury activities. Megan places great value on client-centered care and encourages patients to be an active part of their rehabilitation process.
Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending time with her family, running, playing soccer and hiking
Jordan Fratoni Physiotherapist
Jordan is a Registered Physiotherapist at Westmount Physiotherapy and Massage. Jordan graduated from the University of Guelph in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science degree, Honours in Human Kinetics and a Minor in Nutrition and Neutraceutical Sciences. Jordan then attended McMaster University where he has just recently completed his Masters degree in Physiotherapy, graduating in 2016.
Jordan has completed several additional courses throughout his Masters degree including; Manual therapy Level 1, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Concussion assessment and treatment, Acupuncture and Athletic taping courses. His treatment approach is individualistic and client-centered, encompassing a combination of manual therapy/hands on techniques, education and exercise as part of a comprehensive and holistic approach in helping patients achieve their goals and return to their pre-injury hobbies, sports, work and activities. Jordan has a special interest in sports injuries and working with athletes, but thoroughly enjoys tailoring well-structured treatment plans throughout the entire demographic spectrum by encouraging patients to be an active and involved member in their rehabilitation process.
Outside of work, Jordan enjoys spending with family and friends, remaining physically active, and plays in numerous hockey, soccer and volleyball leagues.
Alexandra Danks Registered PT, BSc Kin, MSc PT
Alex has always had a passion for helping others and living an active lifestyle. These passions are what led her to obtain her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University, after completing her Bachelor of Science with Honors Specialization in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario.
Alex has a special interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy and is continuously advancing her physiotherapy skills by taking courses to further her experience and education in this area.
In her spare time, Alex enjoys going for runs and exploring hiking trails in the area.
Nicole Hughes Physiotherapist
Nicole received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto after completing an Honors Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University. Nicole is enthusiastic with a passion for rehabilitation and helping others. Nicole completed her Pelvic Health courses through Pelvic Health Solutions.
Nicole believes in life-long learning and is always ready to further her knowledge and expertise to provide evidence-based, best-practice care for clients through ongoing mentorship and courses. She has her Advanced Manual Therapy Level 1 and plans on taking further courses in pelvic floor physiotherapy to expand her knowledge and experience.
In her spare time Nicole loves to read, spend time with friends, and stay active through Pilates and going to the gym.
Abby Hurd Physiotherapist
Abby is a Physiotherapist at Westmount Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. Abby graduated her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University in 2016 and returned to McMaster to complete her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy in 2018.
Since graduating, Abby has completed courses in soft tissue release, acupuncture, and women’s health. Her treatment approach combines education, manual therapy, exercise prescription, and teaching active self-management strategies to help clients achieve their goals and return to the activities that are most meaningful to them. Abby has a special interest in chronic disease management but loves working alongside members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to provide client-centered care and treatment plans that meet each individual’s unique needs.
When not at work, Abby enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being active outdoors with activities such as camping, hiking, and kayaking.
Kristyn Dunham Physiotherapy Assistant
Kristyn Dunham received her Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant diploma from the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences in 2007. She has also studied Athletic Therapy at Sheridan College and earned her Can-Fit Pro certification in the years that followed.
Kristyn has worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings working together with physiotherapists and clients to ensure the most efficient and effective treatment plans for a wide variety of ailments, and continues to expand on her education through courses such as the Rock Tape course.
When Kristyn is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as her puppy, Molly.
Ashlyn Miller Physiotherapy Assistant
Ashlyn received her Occupational therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant diploma from the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences in 2015.
She is thrilled to be joining Westmount Physiotherapy’s Team! She enjoys working with people of all ages and thrives when collaborating with others. She is looking forward to learning/building new skills from her co-workers and patients. She is motivated to get the job done effectively, while also building excellent rapport with patients. Ashlyn hopes to expand on her skills and education through outside courses such as NVCI, or Rock Taping.
Outside of work Ashlyn enjoys cooking/eating new food dishes, a good television series on Netflix, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her two new kittens!
Shannon Bennett Physiotherapy Assistant
Shannon received her Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant diploma from the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences in 2016.
She is very excited to be joining Westmount Physiotherapy’s Team. Shannon has always been interested in sport, physical activity and the benefits of living a healthy life style. She loves helping and watching people achieve goals they have set. She is extremely passionate about helping people overcome any difficulty they may be faced with. She loves encouraging, motivating and working alongside patients of all ages. She is looking forward to working with and learning new skills from her co-workers at Westmount Physiotherapy and Massage.
Outside of work, Shannon is an avid long distance runner and loves being on the rugby field. She also enjoys volunteering in the youth ministry at her church. Her family and friends are very important to her and she loves spending time with them.
Dr. Meg Robinson HBKin, MSc., DC, Chiropractor
Dr. Robinson graduated from McMaster University with a Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2006 and a keen interest in exercise physiology. She then continued her education at the University of Guelph where she obtained her Master of Science in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. Her love of teaching and interacting with students resulted in her pursuit of a PhD at McMaster University. Dr. Robinson realized that her work in research was missing something, patient interaction and the ability to help people feel better and change their lives for the better. This realization led her to continue her education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, where she obtained her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and graduated cum laude in 2017. Since graduating from CMCC she has also completed training in animal chiropractic making her a certified Animal Chiropractor as well.
Dr. Robinson was born and raised in Dundas, Ontario where she was heavily involved in her community through various volunteer efforts and in competitive sports. Her love of physical activity and animals has been combined perfectly for the past 20 years as she has competed in various dog sports with her own family pets. Growing up Dr. Robinson watched both her 2- and 4-legged family members benefit from chiropractic care and quickly began to realize the value of manual care and how it would shape her career.
Dr. Robinson’s focus is on patient-centered care where she incorporates a variety of techniques including soft tissue therapy, mobilizations, manipulations and patient education to optimize health and wellness.
Ron Sawyer RMT, DOMP
Ron Sawyer graduated Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic with a diploma in Massage Therapy 20 years ago in 1997. Ron went on to work in a multidisciplinary clinic working alongside Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Kinesiologists . He spent the next 16 years learning various aspects of the rehabilitative model and developing his skills within a clinical setting. Due to Ron's strong affinity to learn and grow as a therapist, he decided to return to school. Ron obtained a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice in 2013. He competently integrates both disciplines to assess and treat the individual needs of each patient. One of Ron's main approaches is to "Find the Cause and Treat the Cause". He believes that treating symptoms such as pain, are only a temporary fix. Searching for the underlying cause of dysfunction and addressing the specific issues are the best approach to returning the body back to balance, homeostasis and normal function.
Outside of work, Ron enjoys spending his time with family and friends. He has also been a lifelong learner in the health and fitness industry with over 30 plus years experience training in the gym.
Cristian Salazar RMT
Cristian graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1988. He is a member and in good standing with the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario as well as the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario.
As a massage therapist, he has worked in a variety of settings. He is delighted to work with Westmount Physiotherapy, where the team is attentive and caring. Cristian has a special interest in reviewing metrics of the relaxation response, and the ability of the body to heal itself. He strives to provide strong and gentle massage therapy techniques, which are best suited to each individual case.
Most of Cristian’s clients have rehabilitation goals that include decreasing pain levels and increasing range of motion. A brief examination of the health history and a review of the mechanism of injury are part of his assessment, followed by the hands on massage therapy session. Cristian enjoys and sees the importance in discussing a treatment plan which includes a home program to promote a speedy recovery.
Please consult your physician if you need a prescription for extended health care benefits. Consult your physiotherapist if you need a recommendation.
Please make your appointments through the front desk. Cristian looks forward to providing quality massage therapy services to you and your loved ones. Referrals are the best compliments.
Ashley Bielby RMT
Ashley graduated from Ontario College of Health & Technology in November 2016. She is a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. She is proud and excited to be joining the Westmount team!
Having worked with a wide spectrum of people from young to old and treating many conditions including stress, repetitive strain injury, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and more, Ashley aims to provide massage therapy treatments to maintain and improve her patient’s lifestyles and general health. Ashley is educated in an assortment of therapys including General Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and joint mobilizations. By listening to her patient and working together she is able to tailor every treatment specifically for each individual’s needs whether it’s to relieve discomfort, improve flexibility or decrease stress.
Ashley is passionate about what she does and strives to help people feel the best they can.
Jessica Kivell Registered Kinesiologist
Jessica completed a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology degree at McMaster University with a Minor in Psychology in 2017. Upon graduating, Jessica went on to write and successfully pass the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO) exam to become a registered Kinesiologist. Afterwards Jessica focused her love for exercise and fitness by becoming a personal trainer. She is thrilled to be a part of the Westmount Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation team! Jessica’s long term goal is to return to University to become a Midwife to support women in a health care setting encompassing a holistic client centered approach.
In her spare time Jessica enjoys active outdoor activities such as skating, hiking, rollerblading, cycling, running, and kayaking. She also enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dog and cat.
Amy Shuttleworth Registered Kinesiologist
Amy received her Honours Bachelor in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa in 2017. She has also received a post graduate certificate in Exercise Science & Lifestyle Management from Humber College in 2018. Amy successfully passed the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario exam in September 2018 to become a Registered Kinesiologist.
Amy is thrilled to be joining the Westmount Physiotherapy team! She has always had a strong interest in sport and physical activity and was involved in many sports such as basketball and waterpolo growing up. Amy is very passionate about working with patients and helping them overcome any challenges they may be faced with along with setting and striving to reach their goals.
Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her friends and family along with travelling and exploring what the world has to offer.
Tammy Tweedy Office Manager
Tammy has been working with Westmount since 2010 as our Office Manager. Her experience in retail management and financial services is an asset to her position. She enjoys working in a client centered environment and believes respectful listening, communication, and teamwork are essential to building and maintaing an excellent client experience.
In her spare time, Tammy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, relaxing with a great book, watching a movie and touring the Niagara Wine Trail.